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Now Serving as a Managing Director for Carter

Hi!  Over my twenty-five years as a fundraising executive, I learned that some of the best knowledge comes from experience. 

You can experience some fabulous information that tell us so much about how to marry the art and science of fundraising.  Download the free ebook to learn…

  • Truisms of fundraising
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"Penny Cowden is a leader who is decisive and gets things done! She has the ability to make a plan and then implement the plan to completion. If you want to hire someone to help you plan for success and then help you implement the plan, you have found the person!"

Joan Fletcher – President Winning Ways, Inc.

One Extra Degree

Makes All The Difference

"At 211 degrees water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive.”

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My Approach

I partner with not-for-profit organizations to build sustainable strategies and programs that raise more money. Over the last 25 years, I've helped raise more than $100 million for not-for-profit organizations like PeaceHealth, Sisters of Charity, Inova Health System, Banner Health System, Sun Health, and several smaller not-for-profits across the United States.

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  1. Brings Out the Best in Boards

    Her super-power is her ability to develop high functioning boards. “ Penny marries years of experience in not-for-profit leadership with a rare combination of humor, forthrightness, and creativity that allows her to bring out the best in boards and teams. She has a way of taking high level strategy and presenting it so that progress feels measurable instead of nebul…Read More

    DR. TRICIA GROFF (PHD) Executive Coach for High Achievers; Integrating Psychology and Business
  2. Advancing the Success of the Non-profit

    A passionate development professional who cares. “ Penny is a passionate development professional who cares deeply about advancing the success of the non-profit sector. Her Philanthropy212 podcasts provide a platform for industry professionals to share insight, expertise, and solutions about the challenges development professionals face.…Read More

    Andrea Davidson Vice President, Philanthropy
  3. Years of Experience

    Deep Insight and Passion “ Penny brings years of experience, deep insight and passion for the work to Fund Development. Her Philanthropy212 podcasts provide a welcomed platform for nonprofit colleagues to share knowledge and explore fundraising challenges for the sector. Penny understands the imperative of philanthropic partnerships towards driving transformational …Read More

    Tamar Copeland Strategic Philanthropy Professional
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